Were you ever awkward and afraid when it came to dating? When I was a teenager, I wanted to ask a girl to a school dance. But I was a bit afraid. I think I dialed the phone more than once, only to hang up before she answered. I finally had the courage to stay on the line and ask her out. She agreed to go with me.
People often feel pressure or fear in certain situations. We fear what others will think. Or we fear we may not perform well. Did you know that even King Solomon, the richest man in the ancient world, also felt some fear? Why should a king ever feel pressure to perform? He was the king! Others should feel pressure or fear him!
I know he must have felt this way, because his father David told him to be courageous. Solomon was responsible with building the first temple of God in Jerusalem. I think the responsibility made him nervous. Listen to David’s words in 1 Chronicles 22:13, “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”(NIV)
Are you facing pressure and uncertainty? Do you have a big project or challenge facing you? Don’t be discouraged! If you are careful to follow Jesus, you can find the courage to face the challenge!
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